Normanton Farms will use this loan to assist with cash flow and ensure they can deliver their high-quality regeneratively raised meats to their customers.
Meet the Farmers
Steve Normanton was born and raised in South Africa. From the age of 8, he worked on a family friend’s farm during the summer holidays. At this young age, Steve began to develop many of the skills required of being a farmer. His experience with cattle formed the foundation for the practices that he employs on his regenerative farm today.
Normanton Farms is operating on a 98-year lease with the Agrarian Trust, divided into two parts; one is held in a conservation easement and the other has an agricultural land preservation easement. The lease is for 65 acres, 32 of which are pasture with riparian buffer zones. They also lease an additional 80-acres of pasture land on an annual basis for grazing.
Normanton Farm’s ecological values are based on the principle of stewarding the land and farm operation by mimicking nature. They use organic and regenerative practices in a holistic approach to land and livestock management focusing on improving soil and water quality to produce the best products they can for their customers. They employ a small but diverse staff and offer educational opportunities and farm tours to the community.
Regenerative & Sustainable Practices
Normanton Farms manages everything with a focus on soil health and building resilience. They are committed to following regenerative practices, that include:
Practicing rotational grazing systems with heavy impact for a short period with a long rest period to maximize organic matter content in the soil.
Utilizing soil conservation tools such as high-density rotational grazing, native warm-season grasses, and riparian buffers.
Working collaboratively with other regenerative farms in the area and serving on the board of local organizations like Granite State Graziers.
Acting as a mentor for Dreamers Ranch to introduce kids to regenerative farm management.
Subleasing two acres for 10 years to a local group starting a community garden to encourage more community and knowledge about resilient food systems.
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